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Opening 2024
Monday-Friday | 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
On-site integrated support services
Daily family communication via our app

Welcome to CHS Harrisburg

CHS Harrisburg will provide a core early learning program with a play-based curriculum designed to enhance children’s educational, social, emotional, and cognitive development—with all costs covered for qualifying families. The Center will feature an Innovation Studio, STEM garden, and integrated family services.

Ages served


6 weeks to 12 months old

Younger toddler

1 to 2 years old

Older toddler

2 to 3 years old


3 to 5 years old

CHS professional meeting with parents

Admissions Information

View our admissions page to learn more about the admissions process, sign up for admissions updates, and more.

CHS Harrisburg leaders


Malissa Lorenzo (Doster)

Malissa Lorenzo (Doster) serves CHS Harrisburg as its center director, bringing experience in non-profit early childhood education and family engagement. In Doster’s role, she works alongside her team to help children develop social, emotional, physical, and cognitive skills that support their success. She is also dedicated to creating a positive workplace that promotes mental and physical well-being and finds strength in building community relationships.


Chantal Rukundo-Karaara

Chantal Rukundo-Karaara is the assistant director at CHS Harrisburg, where she partners with its talented and passionate team of educators as they deliver the high-quality care and education that every child deserves. Chantal, who started her career as an assistant preschool teacher and worked up to become a director, is committed to transformative leadership and access to equitable education for all children and families.

Rebekah Johnston

Rebekah Johnston

As CHS Harrisburg’s family success manager, Rebekah Johnston ensures each family of an enrolled child is supported in a way that lifts them up and empowers them to lead happy and fulfilling lives. Bekah previously worked in social work, which sparked a passion for engaging families and supporting them through difficult seasons of life. She strongly believes that through CHS’ integrated family services, we can successfully support families in providing a safe, stable, and thriving home environment for their children.


Our Family Success Team works closely with each applying family to determine eligibility.

Our approach

Our program focuses on three key elements we believe make the difference: Nurture, Play, and Discover. We encourage CHS children to follow their curiosity, develop problem-solving, and discover the world around them, all while being child deserves to be nurtured and supported.

Teachers & staff

CHS teachers and staff begin their employment with a professional development program. There they expand their knowledge, build strong team dynamics, and fully integrate into CHS’ mission and innovative approach to early childhood education, enabling them to best serve CHS children and families.

Family success

Each CHS family will have a dedicated Family Success Advocate who keeps them informed and helps connect them to tools and resources. These include parenting and educational information, health care referrals, and job training.


Have questions?

Enrollment questions? Interested in career opportunities? Contact us to learn more about Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning.

Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning are subsidiaries of Milton Hershey School and will be staffed and operated independently of the Milton Hershey School core model.

Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.